Niagara County Legislator Mike Hill has introduced a resolution to create a gun owner’s rights advisory panel to help promote safe, legal gun ownership in Niagara County and work with gun owners to address issues they may have. The panel would be comprised of local gun owners who can make recommendations to the County Legislature for resolutions and local laws, and make suggestions on process improvements within county government.
The resolution will be taken up at the next meeting of the County Legislature on April 20 @ 6:00pm, Niagara County Courthouse, 175 Hawley St. in Lockport.
The Daily News reports:
“As Gov. Cuomo faces growing calls to resign, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is taking steps toward a possible gubernatorial run. In recent days, Bellone has been speaking with “some of the top national consultants who are here in New York,” along with “bigtime donors,” said a source close to the Democratic politician …”
Given the number of extremist candidates the Democrats have put up for various state offices recently, Bellone looks like a moderate.
His record on guns:
3/6/13, “Suffolk County Approves Gun Control Bill For Psychiatric Patients”
4/18/13, “Suffolk County Will Participate in New York State’s “Gun Violence Awareness Month””
11/19/14, “Lawmakers sustain veto of take-home guns for COs”
7/18/15, “A.G. Schneiderman Announces More Than 1,000 Firearms Turned Into Law Enforcement Through Gun Buyback Program“:
“Initiatives like this provide residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted weapons anonymously, helping to reduce the possibility of such weapons being used in situations of domestic violence, accidental discharge or injury to children and young adults playing with weapons,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “I thank Attorney General Schneiderman for hosting this gun buyback initiative in Suffolk County.
6/11/18, “Governor Cuomo Kicks Off Bus Tour to Pass Red Flag Gun Protection Bill“:
“Governor Cuomo has consistently shown himself to be a national leader on enacting common sense gun safety measures. This most recent legislation will empower teachers–and allow them to do what they truly want to do–teach. Now is the time to stand to protect our children and end gun violence in New York once and for all, and I will work tirelessly with our local leaders to ensure that this legislation becomes law.”
1/10/19, “Hochul, Parkland Victim’s Mother Push Gun-Control Measures“:
“… Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone introduced Beigel Schulman to the audience, which was filled with town, county and state elected officials, students, and members of Moms Demand Action …”
The Town of Ticonderoga is considering adopting Local Law #1 of 2021 prohibiting hunting on town properties.
A public hearing was held on the 11th and there was no input from residents. The next scheduled Town Board meeting is February 25 @ 8:30am.
Suffolk County bill IR 1001-2021, Conducting a Preliminary Environmental Site Assessment in support of an environmental hazard mitigation plan for lead waste after County-owned recreational shooting ranges close, passed the county legislature.
County Legislator Rudy Sunderman introduced IR 1001-2021, Conducting a study to determine the feasibility of an environmental hazard mitigation plan for lead waste after County-owned recreational shooting ranges close. The bill resides in the Environment, Parks & Agriculture Committee.
On an unrelated note, Sunderman has some interesting ongoing legal problems:
“… Sunderman was indicted on perjury charges in July 2019 for allegedly telling the Suffolk County Board of Ethics falsely that he no longer worked for the Centereach Fire District. Suffolk County legislators are not permitted to hold two paying public jobs at once. Sunderman, who joined the legislature in 2018, created a shell company in his wife’s name so he could continue receiving income from the fire district, prosecutors said … Sunderman’s attorney, Ray Perini, said Saturday that a misdemeanor charge for getting two public paychecks was dismissed because Sunderman did not get a paycheck directly from the fire district … Perini said he has filed a motion to dismiss all charges against Sunderman, which include felony perjury charges. Perini said Sunderman got an ethics lawyer opinion before creating the corporation that said it would not violate the law and testified before the ethics board that he was “making less money” while doing the same work …”
Update on the Suffolk County shooting range bills.
Res 1801-2020, Requiring an environmental hazard mitigation plan to address lead waste upon closure of County-owned recreational shooting ranges for 90-days or longer, has been tabled.
No action on Res 1652-2020, Requiring legislative approval for future contracts involving recreational shooting ranges on County property. It is still in the Environment, Parks & Agriculture Committee.
The Otsego County legislature will consider a resolution making the county a “gun-law sanctuary” at the next meeting of the Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee scheduled for Thursday, December 10 @ 12:00pm.
The meeting will be live streamed off their Facebook page.